01/17/19: Steve Jones – Mercy
Bob Rose (keyboards)
Steve Jones (vocals, guitar)
Kevin Savigar (keyboards)
Mickey Curry (drums)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Produced by: Bob Rose, Steve Jones
Engineered by: Paul Lani
Mixed by: Neil Dorfsman, Paul Lani
Mastered by: George Calibi
Remastered by: Jon Astley
7 in stock (can be backordered)
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition – Debut solo album from former Sex Pistols guitarist – Fully Remastered Audio. 12 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and unpublished photos. For mushc of the 1970s Steve Jones was a driving force in the music world. As a founding member of British punk pioneers the Sex Pistols, his guitar playing provided a trailblazing and furious backdrop to a sound that changed the face of rock. Amazingly it was the fact that Steve’s stun-guitar riffs and adroit chord changes that enthralled fans and critics alike, turning what, under normal circumstances, were simplistic songs into 24 Karat classics.
When the Sex Pistols disintegrated in 1978 Steve involved himself in a number of diverse projects but also faced some serious lifestyle issues. Relocating to the USA, amidst a period of serious drug dependency, he looked to a process of recovery by building a career as a solo artist. Signed to MCA, his debut solo album Mercy, issued in 1984 was a unique and somewhat surprising statement from a man who had previously been viewed as a maverick guitar hero. Choosing to focus on songs and melody, the record turned heads for an entirely different reason than the Sex Pistols.
Produced by Bob Rose (Miami Vice Soundtrack) and Jones, the album is built primarily around melodic rock songs (written mostly by himself) that, by any other artist, may have been labelled AOR. Of course these tracks provide a solid foundation for Steve to unleash some blazing lead guitar, however, the emphasis is not on power chords but carefully executed solos, helping to support the melody rather than burying it beneath mountainous riffs; overall the album is a somewhat surprising yet gripping, statement from this hugely influential talent.”